Testing

Weekly Testing

Toward the end of spring semester 2021, Case Western Reserve's surveillance testing positivity rate was at or close to one tenth of 1 percent, with total cases consistently in the low single digits. So, as of the end of May, weekly surveillance testing is no longer being administered. 

Meanwhile, University Health Services can provide testing to those with symptoms.

View a Calendar of Upcoming Testing Dates

Entry/Baseline COVID-19 Testing for Health Sciences Students

In July and early August, all incoming and most returning Health Sciences students will be tested once a week for a period of three weeks.

COVID-19 testing will take place Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 13—except the week of July 26, when no testing will occur.

Location

Third floor, Samson Pavilion

Who should be tested?

All incoming Health Sciences students and all returning Health Sciences students—except medical students on clinical rotations. 

Who should not be tested?

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 (by PCR or rapid antigen test) within the past 90 days should not be tested. These individuals should contact Health Services (216.368.2450) during clinic hours for additional guidance.

In addition, please do not come to campus for testing if you currently have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are unvaccinated and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you have symptoms or have been exposed, please call Health Services (216.368.2450) for advice.

Testing process

CWRU is performing saliva-based PCR testing. Please do not have anything to eat, drink (even water), chew, smoke or vape for the 30 minutes prior to your arrival to give your sample.

Additional test and immunization opportunities

Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available; students may receive either as a first dose. Students may also receive their second dose (same manufacturer) if they are within the appropriate timeframe. 

View Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Times

Tuberculosis blood testing, titers, and other immunizations will be available beginning Tuesday, July 6. Please see below for the ongoing schedule.

Dates and times for tests and vaccinations

  July 20 July 22 July 27 July 29 Aug. 3 Aug. 5 Aug. 10 Aug. 12
TB/Titers/Non-COVID Immunizations 10 a.m.-noon,
1-4 p.m.
10 a.m.-noon,
1-4 p.m.
10 a.m.-noon,
1-4 p.m.
10 a.m.-noon,
1-4 p.m.
10 a.m.-noon,
1-4 p.m.
10 a.m.-noon,
1-4 p.m.
10 a.m.-noon,
1-4 p.m.
10 a.m.-noon,
1-4 p.m.

FAQs

What type of test will be done?

Case Western Reserve University now performs the RT-qPCR test, which detects specific genes from the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. After you provide a sample of your saliva, the virus’s genetic material is extracted, and a laboratory test looks for these specific genes. If they are detected, you likely were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the time that you were tested.

When and how will I get my results?

Results should be sent to you within approximately 48 hours: 

  • You will receive a message from MyHealthConnect in your CWRU email letting you know that you have a secure message. 
  • Login to myhealthconnect.case.edu to view the message containing your test result.

If you do not have your results after 72 hours, please contact University Health and Counseling Services at 216.368.2450 or c19testing@case.edu

What do I do if my test result is positive?

If your test result comes back as “Detected” or positive, you will need to isolate yourself until University Health and Counseling Services contacts you (which will happen during business hours). Students living on campus who have positive tests will move into dedicated isolation space on campus, and will receive meals as well as medical, mental health, social and academic support. Students living off campus, as well as faculty and staff, will be directed to stay home. 

Is there a chance my result could be a false positive?

False positive results certainly are possible, but they are much less likely with this type of test. 

What if I get a negative test—do I need to continue testing?

You need to complete three tests (one per week). Once you have received three negative tests (separated by approximately one week each), you will likely be able to stop surveillance testing.